We’re big fans of active and intentional goal setting. If you have something you’re working towards, you have something to guide all of your actions. Accomplishing goals and reaching milestones builds our sense of achievement and gives us confidence to keep going.
If you’re serious about achieving your goals in 2019, commit to tracking them.
Research continually shows that you’ll be much more likely to achieve your goals if you write them down and make sure they are easily measurable and have clear metrics to track.
As you’ll see, I’ve left some goals on this list more generic, so it’s up to you to determine what metric makes sense for you for each goal.
For example, let’s say a bad habit you want to break is drinking soda. You could make it measurable by saying, “This week I only want to have three cokes” and go from there. Make sense?
We all know what’s it’s like to set and goal and never reach it (more than 90% of New Year’s Resolutions fail). After all, it’s hard to keep track of everything in your head. One way to prioritize your goals is to use an effective tool to track your goal progress. Finding a system that works for you is absolutely essential in achieving the goals you set for yourself.
I loved using my Unbound Planner last year to setup and track my progress on my goals. The layouts are smart and versatile, which makes it incredibly easy to track and achieve any type of goal. Whether they are weekly, monthly, or annual goals, you can keep track of all of them in one place. [For a detailed video review of the planner, click here!]
Deciding what your goals should be can be a challenge. With this list of 100 monthly goal ideas, you’ll be inspired to be intentional with the goals you set for yourself. Working towards being the best version of yourself starts with letting your purpose guide you.
100 Monthly Goal Ideas To Be Intentional With Your Time in 2019
Money can be a tough topic but it’s one of our favorites here at GenTwenty. Money is a powerful tool that can help you improve your life and live intentionally according to your values.
Do a no-spend challenge.
A no-spend challenge is where you cut out all unnecessary spending for a month. This includes everything that is not a fixed expense and that you don’t actually need. Sometimes it’s easy to forget what you really need to survive and get by. This challenge can help you re-focus on your values.
Eat in for 30 days straight.
Dining out is one the biggest budget crushers for millennials. Instead of eating out for the fifth time this month (or let’s be real — ordering in), commit to cooking at home for 30 days. What will you do with the savings?
Make an extra $500.
If you had to make an extra $500 this month, how would you do it? Whether it’s starting a side hustle or selling things on eBay, do what you can to put some extra cash in your pockets this month.
You can also use the Unbound Planner to track your side hustle and business expenses!
Update your budget.
Go over your budget in detail and see what you can cut out. Many expenses slip through the cracks without us even noticing. Are you putting your money where your goals and values are? If not, it’s time to reconsider your budget categories.
Donate to a cause you care about.
Giving is worth having as a line item on your monthly budget. Make it a goal to spread the love around to causes that are close to your heart.
Clear out your closet of things you no longer wear.
It doesn’t serve us to hold onto things we no longer need. You can either donate these items or re-sell items in great condition.
Name all of your savings accounts.
Giving your savings account a name instead of a number makes you feel more connected to what you’re saving for. When you’re more connected to what you’re saving for, you’re more likely to keep saving. Whether it’s “Mom & Dad’s Retirement Party” or “Italy 2019,” make it very clear what those accounts are for.
Open an investment account.
Investing isn’t something to be scared of! In our post on Investing 101, we cover the basics of how, why, and where. It’s not as overwhelming as it seems.
Check your credit report.
Looking over your credit report for fishy activity is something you should be doing at least once a year. Pick an annual date to pull your credit report from AnnualCreditReport.com to make sure everything is correct.
Negotiate a bill.
In less than 10 minutes, you could be paying less for a fixed expense. Almost everything is negotiable. From your rent to your phone bill to your internet bill to your car insurance, it’s worth pulling quotes from other companies to compare and get the best deal. Usually your current provider is willing to give you a discount to keep you as a customer.
Plan your dream vacation.
Have you ever sat down to think about what you dream vacation is? From where you would go to what you would do, plan it like you’re actually going. Because if you name your savings accounts and start saving for it, you’ll get to go there one day. Plus, it’s fun to dream about travel!
Use the envelope system for a month.
If you feel like your money is just disappearing, try the envelope system to keep you accountable and focused.
Purchase something that will improve your life.
This could be a small purchase or a big one, but buying something that will improve your life can have a profound impact on your happiness. I purchased a Roomba earlier this year and not only does it save time from cleaning, but my apartment is cleaner more often because it’s so easy to use.
Do a pantry challenge.
Go through your pantry and meal plan around everything that is close to it’s expiration date. Not only will you save money, but you’ll prevent food waste too.
Evaluate your goals for the next year.
If you’re struggling to figure out your budget, take some time to figure out where you would like your finances to be this time next year. My husband and I do this at the end of every December by setting new goals for each of our savings and investment accounts, as well as setting income goals. It keeps us focused and accountable throughout the year to actually reach those goals.
Spend on something you’ll regret not doing.
Earlier this year I talked about the biggest financial mistakes I’ve ever made. One of them was not spending money on something I desperately wanted to do. It was probably the smarter financial move at the time, but truthfully spending money on experiences makes us happier. Even if you have to start saving right this second, give yourself permission to spend on something you’d like to do — and will regret not doing.
Physical Health Goals
All of these goals are focused on nourishing your physical health! They aim to get you to focus on connecting with your body, getting your heart rate up, getting more restful sleep, and pushing yourself. Which one will you do first?
Do a Whole30.
We’re huge fans of the Whole30 program! For 30 days, you cut alcohol, dairy, legumes, grains, and sugar out of your diet. It’s not as hard as it sounds — trust us! Once you get the hang of it and prep your meals, you’ll start to feel so much better!
Run one mile everyday.
Running is great for the body! One mile a day is a reasonable distance to go to. Most of us will be able to run one mile in around 8-15 minutes. Even a fast-paced walk on speed 3 on the treadmill will have you going one mile in 15 minutes.
Time your mile at the beginning of the month and then again at the end to see how much you’ve improved! Use a habit tracker to keep track of your daily achievement and stay motivated to keep going!
Complete a 30 days of yoga challenge.
There are all types of yoga challenges to be found online. Yoga With Adriene has a 30 day challenge on YouTube — the videos make it easy to follow along!
30-day squat challenge.
Just like the yoga challenge, the squat challenge encourages you to do an increasing number of squats everyday for 30 days. We like this one from LiveStrong!
Drink 8 cups of water a day.
Hydration, hydration, hydration! That should be the motto. If it’s not, get yourself a 32oz water bottle and commit to emptying it 2x a day. It’s not as hard as you think.
Cut out coffee for a month.
If you’re anything like the G20 team, you love coffee. Maybe a little too much. Could you go 30 days without it? There’s only one way to find out. Challenge yourself and see!
Track your daily food intake for one month.
Use an app like MyFitnessPal to make this one easy. Track everything you eat for a month. Are you eating as healthy as you think you are? Are you indulging out of line with your fitness goals? Tracking your daily intake will help you find out.
Meal plan for an entire month.
Meal planning saves so much time! Sit down and intentionally plan out your meals for the month. Bonus points if you do a pantry challenge.
Do one new type of exercise every week.
What type of fitness really excites you? Maybe it’s running, barre class, or Zumba. Try something new and see if you like that! New exercises are a great way to broaden your horizons and switch up what your body is used to.
Sign up for and start training for a physical competition.
To push yourself to new heights is a great way to be intentional with your time and energy! It’s a challenge that encourages you to track your progress and stick to a schedule to see success.
Eat a salad everyday for a month.
Vegetables are good for you! Said every doctor and nutritionist ever. Well, the truth is that they’re right. Salads are an easy way to pack more vegetables and nutrients into your day.
Go vegan or vegetarian.
Going vegan or vegetarian is both good for the environment and good for you! You’ll be packing in a lot more nutrients through a plant-based diet.
Set your alarm for sunrise everyday.
If 5 am sounds like a bit of stretch to you for waking up early, why not get up at sunrise instead? You’ll get a few extra hours in your day and be more productive overall.
Stretch for 10 minutes a day.
Stretching is something almost all of us don’t don’t do enough of. If you’re sitting at a desk all day, this is especially important! Stretching out your body will help you focus more and improve your overall health.
Establish a bedtime and morning routine.
Your bedtime routine can make or break a good night’s sleep. No matter what you end up incorporating into your nightly routine, make sure they are activities that wind you down. Whether that’s bit of yoga, reading, a cup of tea, or a warm shower. Be intentional about how you put yourself to bed. And start your day on the right foot with a morning routine to set the tone for a successful and happy day!
Go to all of your doctor’s appointments.
Let’s face it, scheduling your appointments can be inconvenient. However, we all know that going to the dentist, the eye doctor, and for our annual physical are incredibly important. Knock them all out in one month!
Mental Health Goals
Your mental health matters. We believe it’s just as important to nourish and take care of our minds as it is to do so for our bodies. Set these goals to make sure your mental health is being taken care of.
Meditate for 5 minutes everyday.
Meditation is so wonderful for the brain and your mental health. It’s all about intentionally releasing your mind from all the stress you’re under. Try it.
Start a gratitude journal.
Gratitude is a incredible practice to get into. It can be hard to focus on the good, especially if your mind is only focusing on the negatives. Start or end each day by writing down something you are grateful for. This will change your frame of mind and make those stressful things seem not as bad.
Practice deep breathing exercises daily.
Like meditation, deep breathing is a powerful thing to calm the body down. Not only does it calm down your flight or fight response but it helps to ground you. Practice inhaling for four beats and then out for four beats four times in a row. How do you feel?
Declutter every room in your home.
Hanging onto stuff you no longer need or want can clog up the mind. A tidy space is a happy space. Spend a few hours each weekend going through each room in your home and decluttering the things you no longer have a use for. Your space will be cleaner and your mind will feel lighter.
Related: 10 Home Goals To Set In Your 20s
Sleep with your phone in another room.
How often do you wake up in the middle of the night, unable to sleep, and find yourself reaching for your phone? I was in such a bad habit of doing this, it was disrupting my sleep cycles and had me mindlessly scrolling. I started sleeping with my phone in another room and it has reduced the temptation to browse the internet at 3am, even with a calm night time routine.
Treat yourself to fresh flowers once a week.
There’s nothing quite like fresh flowers in my opinion. Flowers and plants bring such life to a room that can really help perk up your mood. You can grab cheap bouquets at places like Trader Joes (and Whole Foods if you can believe it). Split them up among a few vases as a reminder that you are worth treating yourself to something special.
Define what self-care means to you.
We talk a lot about self-care, but what does that mean to you? Take some time to evaluate what makes you feel cared for, what drains you, and what is good for you even if you don’t like doing it. Knowing these specific things can help you understand how to support yourself emotionally and physically on a regular basis. My Unbound Planner has a reminder every week to practice self-care and do something special for me!
Get out of your house and/or office for at least 30 minutes everyday.
When our mental health is suffering, the last thing we often want to do is leave our cozy spaces. However, many times this is exactly what you need to do. A change of scenery and pace makes our minds more alert, and fresh air doesn’t hurt either. A habit tracker is a great way to check this off each day.
Take one day off of work for a “mental health day.”
Leave yourself a good morning note every night before bed.
Starting your day with a positive note can put you in a happy frame of mind first thing in the morning!
Practice saying “no” and put yourself first.
Saying no is easier said than done, I get it. But consider that saying yes to things you’re heart and mind isn’t fully in isn’t serving anyone.
Do a deep clean your living space.
Beyond decluttering, actually clean your living space. Break out the Clorox and scrub every surface possible. It’s probably been awhile since you’ve deep cleaned your space (if ever, no shame). Putting effort into a clean space shows your mind that you deserve it.
Identify one thing that drains you and cut it out of your life.
We all have things we do out of obligation. But is there something you absolutely dread doing? It’s okay to stop doing it. Even if it’s a “good” thing like volunteering, it’s not really helping anyone for you to not want to be there. And don’t feel bad about it either.
Learn about essential oils and pick your favorites to diffuse.
Essential oils have so many properties, and the ability to calm you is one of them. One of my favorite calming combinations is Lavender and Frankincense. I love diffusing it at night to relax me and promote restful sleep.
Do something alone you wouldn’t normally do by yourself.
This might be a bit of a challenge but it’s doable, I promise! This is a way to get yourself out of your comfort zone.
Go to therapy.
If you’re not going to therapy or haven’t tried it in the past, give it a shot. Therapy can be a very self-reflective process that helps you to better understand your emotions and behaviors. There are different types of therapy too, so don’t give up if your first session doesn’t feel like a good fit.
Ask for help.
For many of us, asking for help is difficult to do. Instead of trying to do something on your own, reach out. Your friends and family are more than willing to help you.
Speak kindly to yourself.
Our internal voices are what we hear 24/7. That little voice in your head matters. Instead of questioning yourself or dwelling on a mistake, tell yourself that it’s okay and give yourself permission to move on. Doing this often enough is powerful enough to rewire your brain. Give it a try.
Break out of your routine.
Mixing things up can be enough to get you out of a funk. Making changes to your environment and routine mean you need to be more alert. Try changing one thing in your routine each week for a month and see what happens!
Turn your home into a restful retreat.
Is your home a restful, positive place? We spend a so much of our time at home, it should be a place that calms you and is inviting. With a few changes, like clearing out clutter, rearranging your furniture, or painting your walls, you can be more at peace in your home environment.
Our relationships are an important part of who we are as people. It’s worthwhile to cultivate those relationships, not just to avoid loneliness, but to strengthen the bonds that both bring us joy and comfort us in times of need.
Meet up with or call four friends you haven’t spoken to in a while.
Not all relationships need everyday contact. You know those relationships that you can go for months without talking but pick up right where you left off when you reconnect? Give those people a call, you’ll both appreciate it.
Do a Random Act of Kindness everyday.
Random acts of kindness put good vibes out into the universe. Doing something kind for others allows us to make a positive impact in someone else’s day without much effort.
Go on a planned-in-advance date night.
When was the last time you went on a date with your significant other where you both got a little dressed up and left your phones (or the kids) at home? Spend regular quality time with each other.
Ask your partner these 20 Questions.
Along with date night, take the opportunity to dig a little deeper into each other. These questions will spark new conversations or bring up old ones you haven’t had in a while.
Send snail mail.
Sure texts and Instagram messages are great, but there’s just something special about getting letter in the mail. Break out your stationary and write a note by hand to a pal.
End a toxic relationship.
Toxic relationships make you feel bad about yourself. They take and don’t give equally. You’ll dread interactions with that person or place. Start phasing them out of your life. It’s not healthy for either of you to perpetuate a toxic cycle.
React with empathy, instead of with judgement.
When someone expresses their emotions to you, try to put yourself in their shoes. Instead of reacting with judgment, try to see their perspective.
Practice asking other people about themselves.
It’s easy to talk about ourselves, but a secret hack to letting people know you care about them is asking them about themselves. Try it.
Send flowers to a friend going through a hard time.
I love sending flowers to people in my life, but it’s usually for a celebration. Send a quick bouquet to let someone know who is going through a hard time that you are there for them and thinking of them.
Give someone an encouraging and genuine compliment everyday.
This is an easy one and a lovely habit to have! Once you share a genuine compliment, you’ll be seen as a positive person who always makes people feel great about themselves.
Call your parents or siblings once a week.
Family relationships can be hard. No matter who you consider to be “family,” touch base with someone who fits the description to check in on them and get an update on their lives.
Make two new friends.
Making friends as an adult can be a challenge. Be the first to reach out and start a new relationship! Whether it’s someone you want to reconnect with, join a group to meet people, or simply connecting with someone from online in person, add new people to your friends list!
It’s easy to harbor resentment towards someone you feel has wronged you. But doing so is only hurting you in the long run. If you’re not forgiving someone for something that happened, whether recently or a long time ago, make a conscious decision to no longer dwell on those thoughts.
Improving yourself is one of the most powerful things you can do. As humans we’re meant to grow. And while growth is uncomfortable at times, staying stagnant is one of the worst things you can do for yourself, both physically and intellectually. Use your brain to and self-reflect, you were meant for this.
Read 20 pages a day, minimum.
Reading is an excellent way to expand your mind and your vocabulary! Picking up a fiction book is great for an escape, and there are plenty of non-fiction self-development books we love as well. Reading 20 pages a day will get you through 24 books a year!
Start learning a new language on Duolingo.
Learning languages helps improve your memory and your critical-thinking skills. A few minutes of Duolingo a day and you’ll be able to communicate in another language!
Start (and finish) a new course to learn something new.
Taking online courses through an e-learning platform like Skillshare will help you improve all sorts of skills! Want to be better at public speaking? There’s a course for that! Want to learn how to garden? There’s a course for that too. The possibilities are truly endless. Make it a priority to never stop learning!
Practice your smile in the mirror every night.
Practicing your smile is a huge confidence booster — trust me. Seeing yourself smile activates neural pathways that remind you of being happy. Give it a go!
Volunteer somewhere new.
If you’re already volunteering, good on you! It’s wonderful to help others out with our time and skills. If you’ve already been a consistent volunteer, mix it up and lend your time to another organization you care about.
Push yourself out of your comfort zone.
Easier said than done, I know, but pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone is a massive key to growth. You can’t expand your knowledge or skills if you keep doing what you’ve always been doing.
Try to cook a food you don’t usually like.
If there’s something that you typically avoid like Brussels sprouts or salmon, try cooking it with a new recipe and see if you like it! Don’t put yourself in a box.
Take a cold shower.
It doesn’t sound like the most fun you’ll have this morning but taking a cold shower has many benefits. Doing so has been shown to help with alertness, improve your immunity, and circulation. Many people swear by it — will you be one of them?
Go an entire day without complaining.
Are you aware of how much we actually complain on a daily basis? Go an entire day without saying anything negative or making a complaint. What did you learn at the end of it?
Commit to self-reflection.
Take time to practice self-reflection in your Unbound Planner. I love how this planner focuses on the whole person. Use the dedicated space for self-reflection so you can better understand why your goals are what they are.
When you’re intentional with your time, you can achieve what really matters to you.
Try out four new hobbies.
Most months have four weeks, so try something new every single week! Hobbies give us an outlet to be creative and help us spend our time in meaningful ways. For some ideas, you could try pottery, cooking, reading, writing, calligraphy, glassblowing, or hiking.
Stick to a sleep/wake routine.
Sleep is so important for not only recharging our bodies but our minds too. If you’re not already sticking to a set bedtime and wake-up time, create a nightly routine that gets you in bed at a certain time. Set your alarm for the same time everyday and actually get up at that time. Before long, you’ll find that you’re sleeping better and you’re more productive throughout the day.
Practice a growth mindset.
A growth mindset encourages learning and resilience. You are not set in stone and have the constant ability to improve. You don’t have to be talented at something to be good at it. Practice telling yourself that you are capable. You are strong. You have the ability to continue learning. With dedication and hard work, anything is possible.
Strike up conversations with strangers.
Making small talk is not on top of most-people’s favorite things to do. That said, a quick conversation with someone next to you in line at the grocery store gives you ample opportunity to practice your conversation skills!
Quit a bad habit.
We all have habits we know are bad for us. And you probably don’t need me to tell you what some of yours are. I’d bet something immediately popped into your head when you read that. That’s the habit you need to commit to breaking.
Most of us have specific things we want to achieve in our careers. Even if you’re not quite sure yet, taking action on these career goals across the year can have a profound impact on the future of your career.
Ask a co-worker out for coffee — on you.
Your relationship with your co-workers is a powerful one. You’re essential each other’s closest connections in your company or field. Ask a co-worker out for coffee to learn more about their career goals and how you can help each other achieve them.
Ask someone you consider a mentor for an informal informational interview.
An informational interview is a great way to learn more about a higher position or career path. Ask someone you consider a mentor, it can be an informal relationship too, if you can ask them a few questions about their career history. And don’t forget to return the favor — ask them how you can help them as well!
Earn one new career certification.
Whether it’s through LinkedIn or another platform, a career certification shows that you not only care about continuing your skills and education, but that you are a valuable member of the team. Commit to earning at least one new career certification to put on your resume.
Identify one thing you can do in the next month to improve your chances of a raise.
Ask your boss for feedback on what you need to do to achieve a promotion or earn a raise. If they say you’re doing enough as is, they’re not providing you with valuable enough information. Your goal should be to move up in your career, and that’s not something you’re going to do if you get mediocre advice.
Negotiate a pay increase.
Asking for more money can be scary, but many people are underpaid in their current positions because of this fear. In the few months leading up to your annual review, practice your negotiation tactics, do your research, and be clear on what makes you valuable.
Attend a new networking event.
We all need to make new connections! Look up networking events through your company, college alumni group, Bumble Bizz, or Facebook groups. Attend the one that is the most useful for your career goals.
Update your resume with your current experience.
When was the last time you updated your resume? Most of us don’t do it often enough. Take your resume in its current form an add everything you’ve achieved. This way, when it’s time to apply for a new position, you can pull from your Master Resume to tailor it perfectly to your application.
If you’re not keeping a career journal, I highly suggest you start doing so. It will make tracking what you’ve achieved in your career much easier when it comes time to update your resume with experience.
Write down the career goals you hope to have achieved five years from now.
We could all indulge in a little more self-reflection, am I right? When you look at your career, where do you hope to be five years from now? Think critically about this. You’ll be able to use your answers to guide your goals over the next few years.
Offer to mentor someone new in your office/field.
Being a mentor is a very rewarding experience. If there’s a new person in your office, take them under your wing and give them the information you wish you had when you started. Get to know their goals, strengths, and skill set — they’ll be an asset to you, too.
Get to work 30 minutes earlier.
For one month, start showing up to work 30 minutes earlier than usual! Bonus points if you do this right before you go to ask for a raise. If you set your alarm for sunrise, this should hardly be a problem! You’ll also be amazed at how much more you can accomplish before your co-workers start to arrive for the day.
Digital/Social Media Goal Ideas
Like it or not, social media has become a huge part of our lives. But that doesn’t always mean it’s good for us. Stay aware of your social media usage and how it affects your state of mind.
Clear out all the old files on your computer.
Our computers and devices can get very cluttered with random downloads and files we meant to save for only a short while. Take some time to go through your files and folders and clear out anything you no longer need.
Unfollow everyone on social media who doesn’t inspire you.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, there’s no need to keep following people who don’t inspire you. You can unfollow anyone who makes you feel bad about yourself or like you’re not good enough. Because you’re more than enough. And you don’t need to look at something that would try to convince you otherwise.
Share one positive thing about your day in your Instagram Stories.
The world can be very negative and scary at times. Keep it real and be a ray of sunshine by sharing something positive on your Instagram Stories for 30 days straight. The impact will be massive.
Read before bed instead of using your phone.
We already know that using our phones and devices before bed is bad for us. Use this time to wind down and get an extra 10 pages in before you drift off for the night. How has this change impacted your sleep after 30 days?
Set a social media “bedtime” (say 7pm).
Have you heard the saying that nothing good ever happens after 2am? Well, anything that happens on social media after 7pm will also be there tomorrow. Instead of browsing mindlessly, use your evenings to work on your personal goals.
Delete the Instagram app for 30 days.
Easier said than done right? Instagram is everyone’s favorite. Challenge yourself to delete it for 30 days. Let us know what happened at the end of it!
Organize your photos from your phone into folders on your computer.
Another one of those things that almost no one does. When was the last time you sorted your photos in the cloud? Take some time to go through them and organize them. Your future self will thank you!
Make sure all of your data is backed up properly.
It stinks to lose something you thought you had saved. While technology is useful, it can’t always be trusted. Make sure all of your data is backed up and consider having hard copies of things you absolutely couldn’t stand to lose.
Unsubscribe from every email you no longer want to receive.
Whether you do it as they roll in each day or go back through your inbox, don’t be afraid to hit that “unsubscribe” button for things that are no longer serving you. (Or things that tempt you to spend too much money!)
Make a list of all of your online accounts and update all of your passwords.
Do you remember all of the random websites you’ve made accounts on over the years? See if you can find them all. Delete ones you no longer want to have and update passwords to keep your information safe for the ones you want to keep.
And there we have it: 100 Monthly Goal Ideas!
As unique people, all of our goals are unique and finding a system that actually works (without feeling overwhelming) can be a real challenge. For me, Unbound is the perfect solution because it works for all my varying goals and truly serves as the one place to organize and track everything I want to work towards. On top of organizing my goals – it emphasizes self-care, reflection, gratitude, morning routine, good habits and more.
So if you’re looking for a better way to achieve your goals, spend your time with purpose and live your best life in 2019 — check out the Unbound Planner to see if their system would work for you. Connect with them on Facebook or Instagram and visit them here to see the new colors for 2019!
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